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Anahita Khodadadi
Anahita Khodadadi

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
Shattuck Hall 235

Ph.D. in Architecture (Building Technology) at the University of Michigan, 2019 
Master of Science in Architecture at the University of Michigan, 2015
Master of Architecture at the University of Tehran, 2010
Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Michigan, 2008

Anahita Khodadadi is an academic, working on the boundaries of architectural design and building science. Her research interests lie in three primary areas: 
- Computation and design science, including form exploration methods, parametric modeling, application of a genetic algorithm in multi-objective design, creative design thinking and innovative problem-solving
-Building performance, including thermal and daylighting simulation, integrated design, structural and environmental analyses of the buildings, life cycle assessment
-Design education, including inclusive teaching and active learning approaches.
Within the broad spectrum of scholarly works in the field of computation and design science, the focus of her studies is on the early phases of design and consideration of both quantitative performance-based and qualitative characteristics of the design alternatives. Accordingly, most of her studies attempted to expose designers a wide diversity of suitable solutions versus minimizing the objective functions to find high-performing ones. She received her doctorate at the University of Michigan where her dissertation was devoted to developing a computational form exploration method which considers the concepts and principles of creative and productive thinking. Her developed method is based on the application of a genetic algorithm (GA) and the Theory of Innovative Problem Solving (TRIZ).

She has always worked at crossover points of multiple subjects while collaborating with researchers in different disciplines. Examples of some of these crossovers include design exploration of a folded plate dome made of cross-laminated timber (CLT) regarding its visual appearance, structural performance, interior daylight, and acoustic quality. She studied Iranian historical domes to create novel lattice structures. She also learned some theories of management such as TRIZ to bring applicable principles to the design process. She has recently accomplished a research project, in cooperation with the Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) panels industry in Canada, includes life cycle assessment and thermal and daylighting analysis of a mid-rise residential building complex in Montreal. The main idea of this study is to compare a prefabricated reinforced concrete construction with a residential building where CLT panels are utilized instead. The results of her research works are published in leading peer-reviewed journals or conference proceedings. In addition to her research background, she has served as a guest reviewer for several scholarly journals